Understanding Global Macroeconomics

Understand the impact of macroeconomic developments on your business

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Managers, especially those working in the finance sector, are bombarded by macroeconomics and financial news from around the world. Since almost all decisions in this increasingly interconnected world depend on both macro and foreign developments, it is important for managers to understand how to integrate this information into a coherent framework. 

In the Understanding Global Macroeconomics program the participants will be introduced to various aspects of macroeconomics and will get acquainted with the main concepts and policy debates: from economic growth to monetary policy and from inequality to debt sustainability; from IS/LM model to exchange rate regimes and from optimal currency areas to Rodrik’s Trilemma. In the two days, we will look into theoretical foundations of the macro economy: aggregate demand, aggregate supply, fiscal policy, as well as monetary policy. We will equally examine the international economy, exchange rates, trade policy and optimal currency areas. After each theoretical introduction we will look into practical applications: the focus will be about 25% on theory and 75% on real-world applications.

How you will benefit

    • Be able to interpret high level articles about economics, the main national and international policy discussions
    • Construct logical relationships between all major macroeconomic variables and entities: technology, productivity, economic growth, demographics, interest rates, income distribution, exchange rates, domestic politics, international institutions
    • Engage in topical policy debates
    • Tie business decisions to macroeconomic policy debates

Program length
2 days

Day 1 09:00 – 17:30
Day 2 09:00 – 17:30

On the 19th of May 2020, Peter De Keyzer discussed the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on international trade, financial markets and the future of the European Union during a free webinar hosted by AIF.  You can re-watch the full recording here.

Day 1

Economic Growth

  • The role of technology
  • Demography: past, present and importance
  • Why nations fail
  • Institutions and their effect on growth
  • Branko Milanovic’ elephant graph

Equilibrium in the Economy

  • The goods market
  • The financial market
  • The demand for money
  • The IS/LM model
  • The IS/LM model with open economy
  • The IS/LM model with open economy and exchange rates
  • Exercises, case studies and assignments

Day 2

Fiscal Policy

  • Fiscal Multipliers – applied to IS/LM (with open economy and exchange rates)
  • Debt, deficit, interest rates, risk premia and debt sustainability
  • Exercises, case studies and assignments

Monetary Policy

  • The history of money
  • The history of monetary policy
  • From money targeting to inflation targeting
  • From deflation to inflation to hyperinflation
  • From independent central bank to politicized central bank
  • Living in a low inflation world
  • Unconventional monetary policy
  • Exercises, case studies and assignments

Insights on Central Banking, Growth, Inflation, Interest Rates and Exchange Rates in Current Policy Debates

  • Optimal currency areas: is the eurozone an optimal currency area?
    – Application to other regions
    – Policy discussion and case studies
  • Does growth come at the expense of climate?
  • Is economic growth desirable?
  • Secular stagnation and its implications for policy
  • Impossible trilemmas – Rodrik’s as well as others’



Understanding Global Macroeconomics is applicable to any business professional, coming from a broad range of disciplines in finance, corporate and strategic planning, advisory work and financial regulatory bodies.


Peter De Keyzer

Peter De Keyzer has extensive experience as (Chief) Economist at KBC Asset Management, ABN AMRO Bank, Petercam and BNP Paribas Fortis. He is a Guest Lecturer at the University of Antwerp and has held teaching positions at various other universities. Peter has over a decade of experience in giving presentations, moderating debates, and participating in…

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  • 2 days
  • € 2850
  • Banking & International Financial Markets, Strategy & Growth
  • English
  • 4.8 / 5
Dates to be determined soon

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For a more detailed program description and information regarding faculty please download the program document.


CFA Institute – CE credit hours
This program is eligible for 12 CE credit hours as granted by CFA Society VBA Netherlands


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